An examination, or exam, is an oral or written test that you take during or at the end of a course to demonstrate the knowledge you have acquired in the subject. If you fail to pass an exam you are able to try again at a later date by sitting a retake exam.

Registration for an examination and retake examination

In order to sit an exam you must register through Ladok no later than 12 days before the date of examination. Students who don't register in time will not be able to sit the exam. The administration of all formal written examinations is conducted by anonymous methods. This is just one of the ways the university ensures that all students are treated equally and fairly. When registering, you will receive a code that you use instead of your name or civic registration number.

Please note, the registration procedures can differ between the departments.


If you have registered for an exam but are no longer able to carry it out, you must unregister no later than 12 days before the exam. It is important that students do this so the university can ensure the right number of examination invigilators, chairs, tables and other materials are available.

Digital examination

Digital examination, or e-exam for short, means that you write your exam on a computer instead of on paper. Read about how digital examination works.

Do you have special examination needs?

Arrangements can be made for students who have special needs during an exam. This can include providing longer examination times, conducting oral instead of written exams, and even organising a separate room for students to sit the exam who have severe allergies.

The administration of an examination is carried out by the relevant department. If you have special examination needs, you will need to submit an application to your department before each test.

Distance examination

In extreme circumstances, it is possible for students to sit an exam at an external location or abroad. However, written exams can only take place at another university. It is up to the examiner to decide if it is possible.

To take an exam for an old course

If you wish to take an exam for a course that has been discontinued, or if you no longer have an active student account, please contact the relevant department.

Prayer during examination

If you need to pray during an examination you may sit in your place and pray in silence and stillness. If your examination is centrally organised by the university, and taking place in one of the major examination halls, there is no possibility to offer separate rooms for prayer. If it is taking place at your department you can enquire about the possibility of arranging a time and space for you to pray during your examination.


Examination invigilators carefully monitor each exam. If they suspect a student of cheating the student is contacted and any unauthorised materials are reviewed. Read more about cheating.

Collection of examinations

Once an exam has been marked students can collect their papers through the department. It may be through the reception desk, their teacher or the department's Student Services. Students will need their exam code to collect them.

Grading systems

The grading systems vary between different faculties and may also be different between different courses within a programme. The syllabus provides information about wich grading system is used for the course.

Guidelines for examination

The Guidelines for the Conduct of Written Examinations including Digital Examinations set out the rights and duties of the university and candidates with regard to the conduct of written examinations.

There are specific guidelines for conducting remote written examinations. This refers to written examinations that would otherwise be given in an examination room, but which are instead conducted remotely using information technology. The guidelines thus do not refer to examinations for courses that are given in their entirety as distance learning courses. The guidelines also specify the technical obligations that the students and the departments have at the examination.

Examination halls

These major facilities for examination are the most frequently used in Uppsala:

Keep in mind that ...

  • You must register for all examinations.
  • You can only take the exam courses you are registered for.
  • You must show valid identification to the invigilator.
  • Permitted aids at the examination is determined by the course coordinator.
  • Bring food/drink.
  • Do not forget to bring your anonymous code.
  • Remember your student account and password A when you write a digital exam in Inspera Assessment.

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